The Essential Autistic Reading List

Welcome all! Here you can find all the books I’ve read that feature prominent characters with autism, are written on the topic of autism or are self-help type books that have helped me and my family understand autism.

A little about me – I’ve always known that I was different, a bit weird. Felt the world a little too brightly or intensely. Felt people a little too intensely. It wasn’t until I was 26 that I realised I was probably autistic. A friend of mine who shares many of my quirks and medical issues was diagnosed as having Asperger’s, and so I headed to books and resources to help understand them and their needs more. As she predicted, I had a huge revelation at 8 in the morning on a Sunday where I saw myself in the pages of anything labelled “autistic women”. I got my autism diagnosis aged 28, in November 2016.

I decided that I wanted to read more about people’s experience of autism, be it fiction or non fiction, and that’s where The Essential Autie Book List was born. It is a work in progress and will be updated as I read books, as I want to be able to include a mini review about each book once I’ve finished it (each title is a hyperlink to the mini review).

If you want to know what I’m reading or what is in the wings waiting to be read, feel free to ask me on Twitter.


Note: “Own Voices” specifies that the novel was written by an autistic person.

Adult Fiction

Shtum by Jem Lester.

The Original Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

Harmony by Caroline Parkhurst

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart

Children’s Fiction & YA

Notes On My Family by Emily Critchley. Suitable for 12+. Own voices.

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine. Suitable for children aged 9+.

The Blue Bottle Mystery: An Asperger’s Adventure by Kathy Hoopmann, adapted by Mike Medaglia and illustrated by Rachael Smith. This is a graphic novel, suitable for children aged 8+.

The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas. Suitable for 12+. Own Voices.

How to Look for a Lost Dog by Ann M. Martin. In the USA, the book is known as Rain Reign. Suitable for 9+.

We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsin. Suitable for 12+.

Isla & the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. Suitable for 12+.

Too Close to Home by Aoife Walsh. Suitable for 12+.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde. Suitable for 13+. Own Voices.

M is for Autism by The Students of Limpsfield Grange School and Vicky Martin. Suitable for children aged 8+. Own Voices.

M in the Middle byThe Students of Limpsfield Grange School and Vicky Martin. Suitable for children aged 9+. Own Voices.


All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Radicalised Autism, edited by Lydia X. Z. Brown, E. Ashkenazy and Moréna Giwa Onaiwu. review incoming.

Neurotribes by Steve Silberman


The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida with David Mitchell and Keiko Yoshida

Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8 by Naoki Higashida with David Mitchell and Keiko Yoshida

Odd Girl Out by Laura James. Review incoming.

Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham

 Self-help Guides

Love, Partnership or Singleton on the Autism Spectrum edited by Luke Beardon and Dean Worton. (review incoming)

Autism, Anxiety and Me: A Diary in Even Numbers by Emma Louise Bridge & Penelope Bridge.

Women and Girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder : Understanding Life Experiences from Early Childhood to Old Age by Sarah Hendrickx

Nerdy, Shy and Socially Inappropriate by Cynthia Kim (currently reading)

Aspergirls by Rudy Simone